Restorative Justice Best Practices: Step by Step with Jamali Moses
written by Dakota Reid, edited by Angela Xia
To find out how restorative justice works on the ground, we interviewed Jamali Moses, Restorative Justice Coordinator at Humanities Preparatory Academy in New York City. Jamali taught us that there are two main types of restorative justice exercises at work in Fairness: 1) Mediation, and 2) a Restorative Circle.
A mediation occurs when two students (or even a student and a teacher!) who have a conflict with each other are brought to a room where they have a sit down with the restorative justice coordinator -- in our case, Jamali! Two other students, unaware of the situation, give their opinion, so there is no bias. The students in conflict, must agree to the mediation. In this mediation they discuss the issue they have with each other and what the next steps are about co-existing with one another.
Another form of restorative justice is a Restorative Circle, in which a student or a teacher is referred to have a restorative justice circle, in order to solve the problem at ease. The student must first agree to do the circle, which then allows them to sit down with the person that referred them and other students. The issue is discussed and the group speaks about the next steps for the student.
After discussing methods of restorative justice with us, Jamali led our group (D'Asia, Dakota, Fernando and Menelek) through a mock Fairness session where Dakota was chronically late to school and brought to a restorative circle by D'Asia. Check out this mock Fairness, as well as Jamali's explanation of mediation and restorative circles, in the video below!